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Alabama brings back slavery for Latinos

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Here's how: pass a draconian immigration law, lock up 'illegals' in private prisons, then get the new inmates to work in the fields

Several days have now passed since Alabama's anti-immigration law, the harshest and most abusive in the nation, came into full effect. HB 56, a de facto criminalisation of migration, replaces any sensible immigration policy with the favorite solution these days: let's put them behind bars– and we might as well make a profit out of it.

The negative consequences of such shameful legislation have been felt immediately. Within hours, it had claimed its first victims – from the detention of a man who later turned out to be residing legally, to the massive fleeing of migrant workers and school children, to even cutting off water services to families or individuals who can't prove their legal status. It is the most draconian and oppressive set of provisions that this country, which claims to be the bastion of liberties and rights, has seen since the era of segregation.

Because anyone lacking the proper immigration papers is considered to be committing a crime, also entering into a "business transaction" with the individual in question would prompt criminal charges. The pressure to enact and enforce anti-immigration law has left state and local police officers and government agents and officials in a bind. Already struggling to meet demands, with shortened budgets and staff, these agencies must now devise ways to comply with the new set of measures. And at present, these often lead to confusion as to when, how, where and to whom to apply the law.

A consequence of this chaos, though, is that we're seeing absurd and flat out racist applications of the law. A hotline set up by an immigrant protection group has received more than 2,000 phone calls from families in dire need. The pleas range from mothers trying to place their children in safe protection while they look to flee the state, to students being questioned at schools and accounts of abuse and harassment. It is not clear yet how many have been or will be arrested under this provision, but the number will surely make one sector happy: private detention facilities.

Yes, Alabama will have to go that route. In fact, it already has. Not only will this law supply fresh inmates to private detention centers in the state – like the one operated in Decatur by LCS correctional corporation – but it will also feed an already bloated national private prison system controlled by two major corporations, CCA (Corrections Corporation of America) and the GEO group, which have a combined profit of more than $5bn a year. CCA, for example, runs the largest facility in the nation in neighboring Georgia and may potentially take a good portion of the detainees in Alabama. Charging $200 a night, this is an opportunity they'll jump at.

The difference between Alabama and adjoining states is that it is willing to go further down this track. Recently, John McMillan, agriculture commissioner, proposed that the farm work left behind by immigrant workers be supplied with inmate labor. Decatur, a private detention center about 50 miles to the north-west of Alabama, which had been unable to find jobs for inmates, has now witnessed record numbers of requests for labor (for an estimated 150 detainees a day).

So, here is how it goes. First, the state passes a harsh immigration law. Then, it detains large numbers of immigrants. Third, private prisons (LCS, CCA, GEO) receive fresh inmates. And finally, the artificially created labor shortage is supplied by the new inmates. Does this sound like modern-day slavery to anyone?

The rest of the country can only look in shock and dismay, as once again, Alabama, a state renowned for its historical role in racism, segregation and slavery, leads the nation into another round of shame.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/oct/12/alabama-slavery-latino-immigrants?newsfeed=true
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And yet these same latinos consider themselves as "white" in america:rolleyes:

good luck with that :Y:

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They do not see themselves as ''white'' at all

I know where your coming from but many are looked upon as dirty people

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get me

no latino would say they were white

typical clueless post on vip2

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Alabama stay drinkin rum n red bull

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'labor' why do the guardian do this sometimes?

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America is one fucked up shit hole, how they gonna try to stop immigration when that land was stolen in the first place.

I really fucking hate America now, fuck the place.

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How texas was won? : Mexico had large amounts of land, invited 'white americans to come and emigrate and set up farms tax free

decades later the white population was more than the mexican indigenous people in texas.

the whites then demand independence, <_<, even though they were never colonised and had all the rights as americans

so basically they went to war, then mexico defends its land to crush the resistance

they lost, and in the process they lost Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and arizona.

i can only cringe at this useless law.

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i keep tellin you

DAEMONZ WILL BE DAEMONZ

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How texas was won? : Mexico had large amounts of land, invited 'white americans to come and emigrate and set up farms tax free

decades later the white population was more than the mexican indigenous people in texas.

the whites then demand independence, <_<, even though they were never colonised and had all the rights as americans

so basically they went to war, then mexico defends its land to crush the resistance

they lost, and in the process they lost Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and arizona.

i can only cringe at this useless law.

i never knew this. fuckin hell.

thats disgusting

America is one fucked up shit hole, how they gonna try to stop immigration when that land was stolen in the first place.

I really fucking hate America now, fuck the place.

fully cosign. as a kid i imagined i would emigrate there but fuck that. some of the people are great but i couldnt live under that government

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These fucking white satans

They are so utterly cruel

And they have the temerity to paint us as dirty and uncivilised

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its not just about land though is it

back then......it was just land.......now it has flourished into a functioning society

regardless of what you think of these laws, the inhabitants of Alabama, those that the society was built to serve, many of whom will be descendants of the people who helped build it, will probably prefer to preserve their cosy way of life than be brainwashed into giving a shit about this lower class of people

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get me

no latino would say they were white

typical clueless post on vip2

2 words

miami cubans

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Land of the free...."Nigg....homez please"

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How texas was won? : Mexico had large amounts of land, invited 'white americans to come and emigrate and set up farms tax free

decades later the white population was more than the mexican indigenous people in texas.

the whites then demand independence, <_<, even though they were never colonised and had all the rights as americans

so basically they went to war, then mexico defends its land to crush the resistance

they lost, and in the process they lost Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and arizona.

i can only cringe at this useless law.

i never knew this. fuckin hell.

you probably did know this you just knew it in a different way i.e. "courageous victory for americas forefathers' or some shit like that

history depends on the writer.

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How texas was won? : Mexico had large amounts of land, invited 'white americans to come and emigrate and set up farms tax free

decades later the white population was more than the mexican indigenous people in texas.

the whites then demand independence, <_<, even though they were never colonised and had all the rights as americans

so basically they went to war, then mexico defends its land to crush the resistance

they lost, and in the process they lost Texas, New Mexico, Nevada and arizona.

i can only cringe at this useless law.

lol atleast they were invited that time.

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